What is Interventional Pain Management?
Interventional pain management is referring to a specialized approach that concentrates on the use of minimally invasive techniques in the field of medicine known as pain management.
Examples of these techniques are facet joint injections, spinal cord stimulator implants, pain pumps, joint injections, ketamine infusion therapy and regenerative therapy. Interventional pain management generally refers to the special procedures that are used in the treatment and the management of pain.
Benefits of Interventional Pain Management
The use of these interventional pain management techniques can benefit patients in the following ways:
The procedures can help to reduce the severity of the pain that is experienced by the patient. They may also help to reduce the amount of time that this pain will be experienced.
They allow the patient to increase the amount of activities that one can engage in, both at work and at home. They will enable the patient to overcome any isolation that one will start to experience socially when they are constantly in pain.
These techniques will help rehabilitate the patient and help them lead their lives with a new perspective – experiencing the pain free feeling that they once had before. The patient will be able to experience an improvement in the quality of their life.
There are a number of disorders and conditions that cause a lot of distress and also great discomfort to patients, who often eventually require interventional pain management. Examples of the conditions that benefit from the use of interventional pain management include:
- Numerous post surgical procedures
- Muscle and/or bone pain. Pain in the bones is reportedly less common than pain in the muscles or even pain in the joints. Pain that is caused by cancer which has spread into the bones may not be as blatantly obvious.
- Malignancy. This refers to the tendency of a medical condition, mostly tumors, to worsen to the extent of causing death to the patient. A malignant tumor can spread to tissues adjacent to it and it can also spread to tissues that are distant from it.
- Chronic pain in the face, mouth, or head. Pain that persists for more than 6 months can be defined as chronic. The medical term used for describing a burning pain in the mouth, whose cause cannot be established, is burning mouth syndrome. The discomfort may be felt anywhere in the mouth. This could be on the gums, tongue, inside the cheeks, lips, roof of the mouth or in the whole mouth. It can appear very suddenly. The sensation is like the one felt when we scald our mouth with hot substances. Headaches can be of many different types. Examples include tension, rebound, cluster, sinus, or even migraine.
- Chronic reflex sympathetic dystrophy
- Post traumatic pain syndrome
- Chronic pain in the lower back and neck. Back pain which lasts for more than 3 months is classified as chronic. This is the most common type of pain felt by most people.
These pain management techniques are another option for patients who are trying to get control over their pain, and they should examine them with their health care provider. These may be a viable solution for those who cannot undergo surgery, choose not to, or have not responded to other treatments. These treatments take a different approach of disrupting the pain signals within the body, which work well for certain conditions.
If you feel that an interventional approach to pain management might be right for you, schedule a consultation with the experts at Premier Pain & Spine.